Woman Arrested in Rochester Crash Out of Jail, NTSB Investigating


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Woman Arrested in Rochester Crash Out of Jail, NTSB Investigating

When you know school buses will be out picking up kids, anticipate, say state police.

ROCHESTER, Ind.--The woman accused of hitting and killing three children and injuring a fourth, as they walked to their school bus Tuesday morning, is out of jail. Court documents say Alyssa Shepherd got out of jail Tuesday evening after posting a $15,000 bond on reckless homicide charges. 

She also faces a charge of improperly passing a school bus. She was arrested about 4 p.m. where she worked.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to have a team in Rochester today to investigate the wreck, since it involved a school bus.

"If you're following a school bus you have to anticipate it's gonna stop," said State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum. "And, if you're traveling in the early morning hours or mid to late evening hours, expect school buses to be out and when they activate that stop arm, you're gonna have to stop."

His boss, State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, arrived in Rochester yesterday.

"In such a blink of an eye, how a world can change for so many people," he said. "It's almost 35 years for me in this business and I've never seen anything quite like it. My heart is broken."

"They go too fast around that curve," said neighbor Monica Manuzak, talking to WISH-TV. "It's 55 mph and people go way faster than that."

Twin six-year-old boys, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, died in the wreck. Their nine-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, was also killed. 

Shepherd's crumpled pickup truck could be seen where the wreck happened for several hours after it happened. Officers who were investigating the crash did not speculate on what they believe was the cause, at least publicly.

"You don't cause that kind of damage to a pickup truck hitting children at regular speed," said Manuzak. "You don't. It's crazy."

PHOTO: State Police

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